Lots of mail and suggestions, both decent and not, have come in today. Just today, about 700 unique readers (as of 4:00 p.m)., have accessed the library information on this site.
My understanding at this point is that the library is indeed registered as a non-profit organization, but does not have necessary credentials with Hacienda to raise funds. Membership fees yes, gatherings and events, no. MELL is also not authorized to pay salaries as the payroll tax setup has not been done. The Board structured the non-profit in such a way that there is no input or control from the membership.
Do any of you know for sure what of this is true?
Among the more constructive suggestions to emerge today, has been that the members draft an open petition to the Board, each Board member by name, legal address and business affiliation, requesting their resignations. This petition, signed by as many members as possible, would be widely circulated.
A MELL member is drafting such a petition; it will take a few days. Whether to do this or not is up to the membership.
I hate using the passive voice, but it has been pointed out to me that the Board holds full control of MELL and can do whatever they want right now, including closing the library and selling the book collection. This would be their legal right.
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Good luck to us all.